League One’s best player issues strong transfer warning to Championship clubs

The Gas striker is under contract at the Memorial Stadium until the summer of 2025.

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Aaron Collins has reaffirmed his commitment to Bristol Rovers after making a strong claim about a promotion push.

The 25-year-old was the Gas’ talisman for the 2022/23 campaign and enjoyed a career best year. He got 16 goals and 11 assists in his first season in League One, and was crowned the best player in the division.

His form will undoubtedly attracted suitors with Championship interest confirmed by manager Joey Barton. A fee of £4m has been set as the starting point, but the player himself has committed to playing next season.

“I’ve loved it,” said Collins when asked by the club if he would stay.

“I feel I’ve had a point to prove as well as going in to next season like you said I’ve got two years here. I know I’m going to be playing in League One with Bristol Rovers.”

Collins - who was disappointed not to make the Wales squad in March - has made it no secret that he wants to play at a higher level. Despite his form for a mid-table third division side, he was ignored for call-up by Rob Page, however had he been playing in the Championship he may have been given the call.

In his own admission, he wants to play at a higher level but wants to do that with his boyhood club. Despite the loan players returning and several players out of-contract, Collins believes that his side are capable of promotion next year.

He added: “As a player I want to play higher as well as I know for a fact we are going to challenge for promotion next season.

“I know the recruitment of the club does and the players they bring in. We’ve got the players to challenge for promotion.

“If I’m in this team and we can challenge for promotion, it’s going to be great and I am looking forward to it.”

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